Nikon D850 Announcement

Did you catch the announcement of the new Nikon D850 DSLR this week? It promises to be a milestone camera body DSLR for Nikon… well timed for Nikon’s 100th anniversary this year.

Introducing the Nikon D850

Introducing the Nikon D850

What pique my interests are:

  • Nikon designed sensor, with 45.7 megapixels and increased ISO sensitivity up to 25,600
  • silent shutter modes – great for wedding photography and quiet venues
  • 153-point AF system used in D5
  • full-frame 4K UHD video
  • tilting screen with touch capability
  • 7 frames/second (up to 9 frames/second with battery grip)

And a lot more nice upgrades and features, but I find the bolded features (my emphasis) to be the most interesting in features driving the desire to take the upgrade leap. But honestly, the size and weight of the D850 camera body would too large and heavy for me. I really like the smaller and lighter form factor of my D600. Maybe Nikon would trickle down some of these features to the replacement body for D610 and/or D750, particularly the silent shutter modes and the full-frame 4K UHD video. Wishful thinking?

If you want to take the plunge, pre-order yours today from Amazon.comB&H Photo, or Adorama.

[(Ô] HtL.

Nik Collection for Free

What a great Easter Egg: the Nik Collection is now a free download! Nik is a maker of post production plug-ins for tools such as Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop.

  • Analog Efex Pro – explore the look and feel of classic cameras, films, and lenses
  • Silver Efex Pro – master the art of black-and-white photography with darkroom-inspired controls
  • HDR Efex Pro – from natural to artistic, explore the full potential of HDR [high dynamic range] photography
  • Dfine – improve your images with noise reduction tailored to your camera
  • Color Efex Pro – a comprehensive set of filters for color correction, retouching, and creative effects
  • Viveza – selectively adjust the color and tonality of your images without complicated masks or selections
  • Sharpener Pro – bring out hidden details consistently with the professional’s choice for image sharpening

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It was then bought by Google, and now Google is making the plug-ins available as a free download…

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Captain’s Chair

During my visit to Patriot’s Point in Charleston, SC, I snapped this picture of the USS Yorktown aircraft carrier captain’s chair.

Aircraft carrier captain’s chair. Post processed.

Seemingly an easy exposure enough, but with the bright sunlight, it created a wide dynamic range (range from the brightest pixel to the darkest pixel) that it poses a challenge for most digital cameras. How so, you ask? Take a look at the original exposure below.

The original exposure. Details of the ship’s bridge surrounding the captain’s chair were lost in the shadows.

You can see that while the out-the-window view of the Ravenel cable-stayed bridge is about the same as the post processed photo, the details of the ship’s bridge is almost completely lost in the shadows. Even large portions of the captain’s chair is lost. So how do you capture a photo like that in the first image above, that shows a balanced exposure from the outdoors to the indoor elements?

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Night Photography: Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris

Travel photography, for all that entails, is my favorite type of photography. There is nothing that beats the excitement of seeing a new place, new people, new sites that re-ignites my inspiration for photography.

Travel photography for Paris, known as the city of lights, would not be complete with some night shots. During our vacation to Paris in May 2014, I ventured out to take this night shot of the Notre Dame Cathedral.

A 5-second exposure without using a tripod!

Traveling without a tripod, I managed to take a 5-second long exposure. Read on to see how I managed to steady the camera and set my exposure to achieve the starbursts light effect without a starburst filter.

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Street photography: France

Street photography is still relatively new and foreign to me. Because it is so in-your-subject’s face, I can’t really bring myself to do it often. And do it comfortably.

This first photo is obviously not on the street at all. Rather, it is behind a clock face on the inside of the Musee d’Orsay in Paris.

Leisure time

equipment: Nikon D600 and Nikon AF-S 14-24 f/2.8 lens
exposure 1/160 sec, f/5.6, iso 1000, 18mm
post processing: fill light 40, saturation +20, vignetting -10

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How to Take Pictures of a Ferris Wheel at Night

Carnivals. Cotton Candy. Arcades. Rides. Ferris Wheels. These words conjure up thoughts of fun, good times, and simple pleasures.

Nikon D600 & Nikon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S lens @ 5 sec, f/22, 28mm, iso 100 on tripod.

To a photography enthusiast, it conjures up an opportunity to shoot long exposures at night to capture the dazzling lighting effects of the newer Ferris wheels. Read on to see how I harvested the light…

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How to Take Pictures of Fireworks

Fireworks. The word conjures of memories of 4th of July’s, New Year celebrations, visits to Disney theme parks, and other very special occasions.

4th of July fireworks

Opening salvos. Nikon D600 with Nikon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S lens @ 10 seconds, f/13, 28mm focal length, iso 100, and tripod.

So how do you take pictures of fireworks? It is not that hard really. Fireworks photography is one of those photographic techniques that is rather prescriptive. This article is a “how to” for digital single lens reflex (DSLR) cameras.

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Biltmore Hotel

We visited the famous Biltmore Hotel in Coral Cables, Florida during our weekend vacation to South Florida last month.

Biltmore hotel

Biltmore hotel. Nikon D600 with Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G AF-S lens @ f/9, 1/200 sec, iso 400, 14mm. Lightroom post processing: exposure +0.33, fill light +60, vibrance +10, saturation +10.

We arrived late in the day for a quick self-guided tour. It was about an hour prior to sunset. The clouds were low in the horizon, acting as a light diffuser for the low setting sun and providing the soft, low contrast lighting for these architecture shots.

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Project 30: Practicing Your Photography Skills Everyday

I just completed my first Project 30, where I practice my photography daily and choose one photo to post on my Project blog. I have heard of this exercise from other photographers, and I was finally inspired enough to start it when I came across this Click It Up A Notch blog post. I know it would be a challenge to shoot everyday, but my work/life balance is finally starting to level out so I thought I should just give it a try.

Lake Eola

Lake Eola, Orlando, Florida

What is has taught me? Plenty…

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